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Summer Networking Extravaganza

Who do you call when you need career advice? If you needed a job today, are your professional relationships broad and deep enough to help you?

Come to the Summer Networking Extravaganza! Learn to build relationships through networking (and not in a gross or anxiety-inducing way ;) ) and get the career development advice you are looking for.

The Schedule

Your ticket gets you access to incredible programming, plus food and beverages, and a photo booth!

4:00 - 4:30: Opening and Keynote

4:30 - 5:40: Learn from the Experts

5:40 - 6:10: Casual Networking
6:10 - 6:15: Closing
6:15 - 9:30: Optional no-host socialization at Jellyfish Brewing - show your program and get $1 off beer!

Spots are limited-- Register now!

Keynote: Cultivate Your Network

Jenn Gile, of F5 Networks and ATD Puget Sound 

Networking! It can feel unproductive and impersonal… but it doesn’t have to. Want to know the secret to great networking? Make real connections as people first. We’ll explore practical techniques to do this effectively and start cultivating a strong and healthy network.

Jenn creates experiences that connect people and inspire action - including global learning programs for F5 Networks, the ATD Puget Sound ‘Under the Hood’ series and this event - the Summer Networking Extravaganza! She speaks from experience when it comes to the benefits of a strong network, as it helped her make the industry jump from government to technology. Jenn is a thought leader in HR and L&D spaces, promoting modern people and learning practices that help organizations thrive. Connect with Jenn here!

Expert-Facilitated Conversations 

Join 10-20 minute group sessions on in-demand career development topics from industry experts!

‘Planning and Marketing an Employment Gap’, with Nancy Jensen of The Swing Shift 

Does the thought of an employment gap give you anxiety and dread? Do you fear how a gap will appear to your coworkers, manager, or prospective employers? Whether your gap is for family or professional reasons, Nancy will give you tips on how to proactively prepare for a gap and market yourself after one. Nancy co-founded the Swing Shift to lift barriers that impede women from finding meaningful work - let her help you! Connect with Nancy here!

'Get that Interview! - tips from a recruiter', with Finnian Durkan of Indeed

Do your job applications generate calls from recruiters? Or do they disappear, mysteriously, into a black hole of rejection notices - or worse, total silence? Have you ever wanted to ask a recruiter how to get your resume into the right hands? Now’s your chance! Finnian Durkan has recruited candidates for Aquent and RealSelf, and now manages talent acquisition at the #1 jobsite in the world: Indeed. He’ll share key insights about the secret world of recruiters and tell you what you need to do to land that important interview! Connect with Finn here!

'How to get a mentor, and why you should be one', with Fred Krug of Year Up Puget Sound

Having a mentor is key to career success, but how do you know when you need one? Where do you find one? Or have you held back from mentoring someone because you think you aren’t qualified? Fred Krug is the Executive Director of Year Up Puget Sound, a non-profit dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for under-served young adults. Mentoring relationships are a pivotal part of Year Up’s success in enabling young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year. Hear from Fred how to successfully get, leverage, and be a mentor! Connect with Fred here!

'Mind + Speech Hacks for Networking', Jenn Gile of F5 Networks and ATD Puget Sound

Oh no, not another awkward formal networking event! Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, looking for a job or just looking for friends, you can have a great networking experience! Continuing with the theme from her keynote, Jenn will share practical tricks for striking up meaningful conversations with strangers and setting the stage for real connections. Connect with Jenn here!

'Personal Branding', with award-winning blogger Soleil Roth of Somewhere Soleil and the Riveter

Hi all! I’m Soleil, an award-winning travel and food blogger who shares culturally-immersive travel advice from my own personal perspective. In other words, a real human, traveling to real places, experiencing real moments. My hope is to teach all kinds of travelers (and yet-to travelers) where, how and why travel; to develop a greater understanding, awareness, and excitement of the world. I'll share advice on how to cultivate and strengthen your personal brand, and how leverage a strong personal brand to advance your career and life, beyond social media. Connect with Soleil here!

1:1 Mini-Consulting Sessions 

We are offering 5-minute consultations with a Business Development Consultant, ICF-certified Coaches, and Indeed Talent Acquisition Experts!

Ask a Business Development Consultant!

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have questions about starting or growing your business? Bring your top question to a Business Development Consultant! Ask how you can...

  • Identify your unique value?
  • Target and expand your market?
  • Build strong, renewable growth?
  • Forge a plan for success that fits your life?
Lenora Edwards, Lenora Edwards Consulting

As president of a manufacturing company, Lenora Edwards oversaw annual sales that shot from $1.6 to $6 million, staff size that tripled, and becoming one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies — within three years. Now, Lenora consults with business leaders and entrepreneurs to dramatically accelerate revenue and growth. Her insightful and innovative business applications enable business owners to perform at elite levels. Connect with Lenora here!

Ask a Coach!

Pondering how to motivate your team, make a career pivot, or increase your confidence? Are you curious how a coach could help you attain your personal and career goals? Do you have questions about making career transitions or getting over a challenging hurdle? Tiffany, Anu, and Mila join us from one of our Allied Partners, the International Coaching Federation Washington State.

Tiffany Chang, Leadership and Organizational Coach at Carved Paths Coaching

Tiffany is a seasoned HR professional with over 10 years of experience in Learning and Development. She has contributed to organization-wide initiatives in a variety of sectors including Banking, Retail, Healthcare, and non-profit. Tiffany works with leaders and mid-level managers to help them meet goals, be better leaders, and overcome obstacles. Connect with Tiffany here!

Anu Arora, Executive and Empowerment Coach at Infinite Potential Coaching

Anu guides leaders from chaos to coherence, stress to bliss and beyond stagnancy to transformational and long-lasting change. Her expertise comes from over two decades of high-tech management experience combined with state-of-the-art coach training and practice. Anu’s forte is to build human capital in organizations based on values, strengths and integrity through Coaching and Leadership Development. Connect with Anu here!

Mila Dorosh, Millenial Coach at BLV Coaching

Mila works with individuals and teams develop their talent and enhance growth using coaching and facilitation tools. Her clients have included the likes of Volkswagen and Nike to start-ups, SMEs and individuals going through transition in US, China and Russia. Connect with Mila here!

Ask a Talent Acquisition Expert!

Is your resume or LinkedIn profile working for you or against you? Who better to ask than an expert in candidate sourcing and screening?! Bring a printed copy of your resume or LinkedIn profile, and get quick advice on changes that can set you apart from the competition.

Brandon Rende, Indeed

With 11+ years experience, I bring a fast-paced and knowledgeable approach to connecting the top industry talent with the greatest companies. Bring your resume or LinkedIn profile, and I'll give you some honest feedback on what is working (or isn't)! Connect with Brandon here!

Nicole Vongpanya, Indeed

Nicole’s stays two steps ahead, no matter how formidable the project! Let her experience recruiting for Nordstrom and Indeed work in your favor. Connect with Nicole  here!

Professional Headshots and Photo Booth

Photographer: Mike Wilson, Nowhereman Photos

Mike Wilson is a professional fashion and commercial photographer with a creative flare, known for elegant and eye-catchingly beautiful portraits. Limited slots for headshots will be available for $20 during the event.

Photo Booth: Sandy Mason Abernathy, AMP Creative

Come get a fun and free memento! AMP Creative is a creative firm specializing in learning experiences and communication solutions. AMP integrates emerging technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality while using our storytelling skills and human-centered design to solve our clients'? learning and communications needs. Our promise: creative hearts, strategic minds, and hands on technology.

About the Venue

Located in the South Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown, the Stables is rumored to have the oldest standing wall in the neighborhood dating back to 1888. In the first decade of the 1900s, the Meadows Racetrack, now the home of Boeing Field, was a huge draw for this city. During this time the Stables was used to house race horses from the track. The building still maintains its best original features; the high ceilings, brick walls and beautiful thick ceiling beams represent the best of historical structures from this era. The space is furnished with antique and vintage items and oddities.


Bus Route 124 goes from downtown to Georgetown, and there is a bus stop on the same block as the venue (~25 minutes from downtown to the venue). There is limited onsite parking, which is more likely to be available if you arrive early. Otherwise rideshare/taxi may be the best option.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to SkillSoft and South Seattle College for sponsoring the Summer Networking Extravaganza!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Reach out to Karen.


We are not able to issue refunds after July 15th.  Substitutions are encouraged.



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P.O. Box 46573
Seattle, WA 98146



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